SEPTEMBER 1st 2015

As the final days of racing approach Presque Isle Downs, the race for leading trainer has really heated up as summer cools down.
Teresa Connelly has caught up to season long leader Wayne Rice and will make a strong bid for the top spot on the standings list.
The Presque Isle Mile closed with 71 nominations and 14 of those passed the entry box for the 9th running of the $200,000 route to be run on Sunday, September 6th
Are You Kidding Me is no stranger to artificial footing. The 5 year old horse won the Eclipse Stakes G2 at Woodbine on the main drag, where he also regularly trains, before winning the Nijinsky Stakes G2 on the Canadian sod. Trainer Rodger Attfield has retained the services of regular rider Alan Garcia.
Florida Won is coming off a stakes winning performance taking the Seagram Cup Stakes G3 at Woodbine. Last years’ Ontario Derby G3 winner is also familiar over an unconventional surface.
Midnight Cello wired the field in Arlington Parks Hanshin Cup Stakes G3 in his last start winning by 5 lengths for Trainer Michael Tomlinson and will have the same pilot in Florent Geroux.
Rise Up has a win and a place in his two trips at Presque Isle. Trainer Tom Amoss will send his 4 year old colt to Erie after starting at six different tracks in as many starts.
Last years’ Presque Isle Mile winner Decisive Moment has entered and looks to defend his title.
Trainer Joe Sharp will take a shot with 1st off the claim Abraham, a new comer to his stable who finished 2nd in a $50,000 Saratoga turf claimer last out.
Familiar faces Choctaw Chuck, Paige Me and Allie’s Event look to defend their home turf for local trainers Kevin Rice, Rory Barron and Lori Smock respectively.
Wise Mac has a pair of turf wins already this year in a pair of $32,000 Allowance Optional Claiming races in Maryland.
Ghost Hunter is 3 for 3 on the Presque Isle Tapeta and looks to add his 4th win in a row. Meet leading rider Antonio Gallardo will once again be in the saddle for trainer Jamie Ness.
Viva Lad rounds out the field of 12 after coming off a 3rd place finish in the Mile Prep on August 16th the Michael Trombetta trained 5 year old gelding will be ridden by Willie Martinez.
The 4th running of The$75,000 Mark McDermott Stakes will feature a mix of 2 year old PA Bred colts and fillies going six furlongs.
Presque Isle trainers Ron Potts and Teresa Connelly will each send two runners apiece in Sundays 4th race with The Elkstone Groups entry of Balk and Total Futbol who both won at state bred asking.
Connelly will send A Masculine Child and Costal Bliss to the post as both found their wins in the same fashion as the Potts entry.
Trainers Tim Girten and H. Graham Motion will run a pair of fillies in the state restricted contest with Bella Flor and Know Clouds.
Huntin’theholidays will represent the Gerald Brooks barn, as out of town invaders Morning Fire and Williwaw will make their Presque Isle debuts for trainers Keith Nations and Flint Stites.



AUGUST 10th 2015

R Frosty One broke out of the starting gate and took the lead going into the first turn before comfortably opening up a two length advantage over the field of her six competitors in Sundays 9th running of the Malvern Rose Stakes.

Chilly Start, the 49-1 longshot was first to challenge R Frosty One as she galloped along down the backstretch, but quickly dropped to the back of the pack.

Happy To Go attempted to pass R Frosty One in the turn, but also could not keep the pace, That’s when Jockey Pablo Morales picked up his mounts head and she took off, repelling an all-out effort by Zig Zag to draw off and win by 2 ½ lengths.

R Frosty One is owned by Sajor Stable and is trained by Murray Rojas, the father in law of winning pilot Pablo Morales. “I knew my horse was fresh and there wasn’t really any speed. She handled the surface really well. I think I got more tired than her” joked an excited Morales.

1:44.22 was the final time for the one mile and one sixteenth distance and $7.20 was the return to the backers of Malvern Rose Stake winner R Frosty One.



AUGUST, 4 2015

Sunday’s 9th running of the $75,000 Malvern Rose Stakes for registered Pennsylvania bred fillies will showcase eight runners routing one mile and one sixteenth.

Local trainer Gerald Brooks, who sits 2nd in the Presque Isle trainer standings will send out Chilly Start, who has won twice as a two year old, but has yet to visit the winners circle in 2015.

Wifeinthefastlane has not missed the board on the Presque Isle Tapeta with a win, place and show in her three trips over the track, and is also trained by local conditioner Ron Potts.

Both fillies look to defend their home turf against six out of town foes.

Katama won at first asking over Belmont’s turf course in a Maiden Special Weight and is a Daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and a Storm Cat mare.
Happy To Go won last years’ Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial Stakes as a two year old and won but was disqualified here on May 18, and placed second giving her notches in the win place and show columns at Presque Isle.

R Frosty One will make her debut on the Erie oval sporting an impressive three wins from six lifetime starts along with two 2nd place finishes and a 3rd on dirt tracks.

Valued Strike has won twice from three starts including a victory here in an Allowance last time out.

Zig Zag is switching it up from Turf to Tapeta in hopes of adding a second win to her resume after drawing off to win her second lifetime start at PARX.

Rounding out the field is Ticketoutofhere, a maiden who ran 2nd in her last out in a State bred bottom race, she looks to upset the apple cart on the 7th race on Sundays card.




July 13, 2015

Dynamic Strike closely stalked the pace set by Res Judicata and made a sweeping move around the turn holding off a hard charging Roadhog to win the 8th running of The $75,000 Leematt Stakes for PA breds.
Jockey Willie Martinez piloted the 5 year old gelding by Smart Strike to victory for Fitzhugh LLC and trainer Michael Trombetta.
“I just let him sit where he wanted to be and took advantage of being on the outside, I knew they would have a hard time catching me turning for home.” said Martinez.
Dynamic Strike returned $13.80 to his backers and ran the mile in a final time of 1:37.60
The 7th running of The $75,000 Northern Fling Stakes closed out Sundays card of racing.
Henny Jenney, a 4 year old filly owned by Bernard Schaeffer and trained by William Connelly, earned her 5th career victory in the 12 horse Pennsylvania bred stake.
Henny Jenney by Henny Hughes completed the mile distance in 1:37.73 and also paid out $13.80 to win
Ronnie Allen Jr. was in the irons and stated “She really loves this track but it was her first time going long and we were a little worried about her handling the distance, but she handled it.”
A new 3:05 post time has been implemented until further notice due to the persistent deer problem.
Tall grass has been cut in and around the infield in hopes of discouraging the animals from venturing on to the racing surface.



June 15, 2015

Cactus Kris stalked the pace and held off a hard charging Disco Barbie, who checked sharply in deep stretch, to win the 8th running of The Satin & Lace Stakes by a head in 1:02.70.

Winning trainer Ryan Walsh said he’s pointing his 4 year old filly in the direction of the Masters Prep as his game plan in preparation for The Masters Stakes where Cactus Kris finished 4th last year.

Tom Ridge Stakes winner Cyclogenisis will take his undefeated 3-0 record across the pond to England’s Royal Ascots turf course for the Commonwealth Stakes.

The 3 year old colt has won his first two starts on the sod including a 5 ¾ length score in last year’s Laurel Futurity.




July 13, 2015

Dynamic Strike closely stalked the pace set by Res Judicata and made a sweeping move around the turn holding off a hard charging Roadhog to win the 8th running of The $75,000 Leematt Stakes for PA breds.
Jockey Willie Martinez piloted the 5 year old gelding by Smart Strike to victory for Fitzhugh LLC and trainer Michael Trombetta.
“I just let him sit where he wanted to be and took advantage of being on the outside, I knew they would have a hard time catching me turning for home.” said Martinez.
Dynamic Strike returned $13.80 to his backers and ran the mile in a final time of 1:37.60
The 7th running of The $75,000 Northern Fling Stakes closed out Sundays card of racing.
Henny Jenney, a 4 year old filly owned by Bernard Schaeffer and trained by William Connelly, earned her 5th career victory in the 12 horse Pennsylvania bred stake.
Henny Jenney by Henny Hughes completed the mile distance in 1:37.73 and also paid out $13.80 to win
Ronnie Allen Jr. was in the irons and stated “She really loves this track but it was her first time going long and we were a little worried about her handling the distance, but she handled it.”
A new 3:05 post time has been implemented until further notice due to the persistent deer problem.
Tall grass has been cut in and around the infield in hopes of discouraging the animals from venturing on to the racing surface.



June 10, 2015

For the first time in 37 years our sport has its 12th Triple Crown winner. American Pharaoh took the lead and wired the field of seven opponents in Saturdays Belmont Stakes. The 2015 Kentucky derby and Preakness Stakes winner ran the final quarter-mile in the Belmont Stakes .68 seconds faster than Secretariats 1973 victory.

Conditioner Wayne Rice enters the first turn of the 100 day Presque Isle meet as the front runner with 10 wins in 35 starts Arienne Cox, his go to rider, has been in the saddle for all of them. The apple certainly does not fall far from the tree as sons Adam, who accomplished a two win day with two maiden two year old special weights on last Sundays card, and Kevin who has a solid contender in the Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes in Choctaw Chuck, are following in their fathers footsteps and making their presence felt at the Erie Oval.

Jockey Antonio Gallardo, last years leader among Presque pilots, is coming off record setting meet at Tampa Bay Downs where he set the new high mark of 147 winners from 579 mounts. The Native of Jerez De La Frontera , Spain leads all riders at Presque finding the winners circle 20 times from 86 trips.

Two Stake races headline next weeks racing schedule with Sundays 8th running of the $100,000 Satin and Lace, with 43 nominations, and Mondays $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial attracting 34 interested runners. Both events will cover five and one half furlongs on the Tapeta surface.



Tom Ridge Stakes
May 18, 2015
The 9th edition of Mondays $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes will bring in 12 runners from Toronto to Miami to contend for Presque Isle Downs first stake race of the 2015 race meet.

Like Ridge, who was raised in Erie, local based 3 year old DUFF will try to establish his own homeland security act having home field advantage on his side as he takes on some quality invaders.

Duff has ran 4 of his 6 lifetime starts at Presque Isle winning last years $75,000 Mark McDermott Stakes and is coming off a victory in the $75,000 Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes at Parx.

CONTROL STAKE looks impressive coming off back to back stake winning performances for conditioner Tom Amoss in the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Handicap, at Charles Town, and the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs.

SERIOUS TALK, an artificial surface specialist, has won at Turfway Park and has never been off the board in 5 career starts winning four including the $125,000 Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine.

BREAKIN THE FEVER sharpened up Monday by handily winning a 41/2 furlong allowance, on a sloppy Finger Lakes track, crossing the wire at 51.48 and has ran well here last September when he showed early speed before weakening to a fourth place finish in the $100,000 Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes.

Lynne Scace conditioned, CHARLIE’S BROTHER showed guts in a dual down the stretch as he pulled away from a game FAST FLYING RUMOR in The $75,000 Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Trainer Gerald Bennett should have FAST FLYING RUMOR seasoned up and ready for a big effort as these two foes face each other in a rematch on the Presque Isle Tapeta surface.

As of 2009, Tom Ridge had never lost an election for public office, in comparison CYCLOGENISIS is 2 for 2 winning an $83,000 Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga and the $100,000 Laurel Futurity as a two year old.

CHARLESTON PIER has shown strong forum at Aqueduct for young up and coming trainer Adam Rice, running three times finishing second, winning, and placing third in his young career.

Ohio bred DRAW NIGH will cross state lines in search of a victory for trainer Jim Rankin, but has been beaten by SERIOUS TALK in previous races twice this year.

Maidens DOWNTOWN COWBOY, TENSAS TOUGH and MAN ABOUT TOWN round out the hopeful contenders